7 November 2013 South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has set a target of securing two-million new registrations by the time the voters’ roll closes before next year’s general elections. “Through its registration drive, the IEC hopes to increase registrations to 80% of the voting-age population, in line with levels of previous elections, which would require an additional two million voters to register,” IEC chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula told SAnews on Wednesday.Voter registration readiness Tlakula said everything is ready for eligible voters at the IEC’s 22 263 registration stations, which will operate between 8am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. All registration materials have been delivered to eight metropolitan councils and 226 local municipal councils, and will be delivered over the next two days to the registration stations for the opening on Saturday morning, she added. The voting districts represent an almost 7% increase over the 20 859 districts in place for the 2011 local government election. The growth reflects an expansion of voting districts in predominantly rural areas, to reduce the distance required for voters to travel to voting stations. The increases are 15% in the Free State, 10% in Limpopo and 9% each in the North West and KwaZulu-Natal.Registering to vote The Department of Home Affairs has agreed to open its branches on Saturday and Sunday, to coincide with the registration station hours for the collection of ID books, smartcard IDs or temporary identity certificates. Tlakula said a total of 45 795 election officials will be standing by to register new voters, and to verify the registration details of existing voters. To register, eligible voters need to be in possession of a green bar-coded ID book, or a temporary ID certificate, or the new smart card ID. Encouraging students to take time out to vote, Tlakula said: “Our voter registration process is very quick, and I’m sure that even those young people who are preparing for their exams can take a few minutes to visit our registration stations in their respective areas, in order to register for next year’s general elections”. “Almost 30 000 zip-zap [automatic scanner] machines have undergone testing and battery checks to ensure they are ready for the weekend,” she said. “The machines will be in an optimal functional condition as a result of these testing procedures they have undergone.”Registration stations Registration stations are located at a wide variety of premises which are leased by the Electoral Commission for registration weekends and voting days. These include schools (65%), community and civic halls (10%), places of worship (7%) and other community venues. Approximately 7% will use temporary facilities including tents and other temporary structures. There will also be 30 mobile registration stations, which will be used in rural areas. Currently the Free State has the higher percentage of voter registration at 80%, followed by the Eastern Cape (79.6%), Northern Cape (77.6%), Limpopo (77.0%), KwaZulu-Natal (75.0%) and North West (73.5%). The provinces with the lowest registration percentages are Mpumalanga (70.3%), Western Cape (70.3%) and Gauteng (69.2%). Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Snow potential through TuesdayA major weather change is underway over Ohio today. A cold front is blasting through, and we expect snow in many areas of the state before all is said and done. Snow starts mid to late morning in far western and NW Ohio, and then spreads from there south and east. We begin to see lake effect later this afternoon and then overnight tonight through tomorrow. Liquid equivalent precipitation is not all that impressive today, but we still think we can see a coating to 2 inches of snow over a large part of the state, Snow continues tonight and we see a significant batch of lake enhancement/lake effect in northern areas, where we add an additional several inches. So, that coating to 2 inches holds for today and tomorrow from I-70 south, and then north we can see 1-5 inches, and near the lake totals could be higher. We should see most precipitation done by the end of tomorrow.Precipitation is one story, the brutal cold is the other. Temps are diving today, and will be the coldest tomorrow and Wednesday. we will be anywhere from 25-30 degrees below normal. Strong winds will keep wind chills top of mind too. This is a dramatic change and it will take the rest of the week to try and recover/bounce back from it.We are mostly dry over a large part of the state for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with some sunshine temps starting to moderate slightly by the end of the week. The weekend is partly to mostly sunny and dry too. Then for next week, more of the same. Sunshine and blue sky for Monday and Tuesday, but we may see clouds and a chance for a little light rain or snow next Wednesday. Generally, temps will be the warmest of the next 10 days this Sunday into Monday. This set up likely still allows for some harvest later this coming week and next in areas outside of lake effect snow zones.
DJI also showed off its new Force Pro as another solid wireless camera movement control system to consider. Built for similar precision synchronization and accuracy, the DJI Force Pro offers communication latency as low as 10 milliseconds. It also offers an embedded compass and high-precision IMU for keeping your gimbal steady and safe when moving. The Force Pro uses a similar 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system which can operate at a distance of up to 3 kilometers.The DJI Force Pro is compatible with all sorts of accessories, monitors, and video transmission systems. It also comes with an adapter that makes it easy to mount on a tripod. Check out DJI’s Force Pro’s page for more information. The DJI Force Pro is available for pre-order for $1,200.For more news from the NAB 2018 floor, check out some of these articles below.NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitors DJI showed off its latest camera control technology with the Master Wheel and Force Pro at NAB 2018. We take a closer look.DJI, the Chinese technology company known for drones and gimbals, surprised some with its NAB 2018 major announcements being focused on camera control. Still, these two new camera control systems could be game changers for digital filmmakers looking for high-end precision controls.Let’s look at DJI’s Master Wheels and Force Pro’s announced tech and specs.Master Wheel As far as wireless camera movement controls go, DJI has delivered a plumb with their Master Wheels setup. The controller, which looks like something out of a 2024-version of Mario Kart, uses high-precision sensors, advanced control algorithms, and state of the art product design to detect subtle movements and transmit them to your connected gimbal system. The rig allows lots of manual adjustments for a more intuitive and interactive design and features a dual-frequency 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system.For DJI users, the Master Wheels are compatible with the Ronin 2, Ronin S, and third-party gimbals through its S-BUS connection. You can read more on it here and preorder the one you need. Choose between the $8,000 level (3-Axis Model), $6,000 (2-Axis Model), or $2,500 (Single Wheel Control Module).Force Pro
In a strong indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said that Suresh Kalmadi was appointed the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CWG OC) chairman at its behest.In its voluminous 743-page report, the CAG said that the PMO recommended Congress MP Kalmadi for OC chairmanship in 2004, despite serious objections from the then sports minister Sunil Dutt.The PMO’s recommendation facilitated conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside government control without commensurate accountability and concomitant controls to ensure propriety and transparency despite full financial guarantee and funding from the government.Click here to EnlargeAn unwieldy 400-plus general body of the OC was formed, which was not envisaged in the bid document or the Host City Contract, the report pointed out.Kalmadi was also allowed to run riot by ignoring suggestions for a greater control on the OC’s functioning from another former Union sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and former sports secretary S. K. Arora.Aiyar and Arora’s attempts in 2007 to officially take up the issue of OC’s accountability with the PMO, Group of Ministers and Cabinet Secretariat were resisted by Kalmadi and rendered unfruitful, the report said. The CAG said: “The CWG bid document of May 2003 envisaged the OC as a ‘government-owned registered society’ with the chairman of the OC executive board (EB) being a government appointee and the IOA president being only the EB vice-chairman.”However, in February 2005, the OC was set up as a ‘non-government registered society’ with the IOA president Suresh Kalmadi as the chairman of the OC’s EB, the report said.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe change to a ‘non-government registered society’ with Kalmadi as OC chairman was orchestrated through a sequence of events commencing with a document titled ‘an updated bid’ of December 2003. This, the CAG said, had no legal sanctity or relevance and indicated a changed structure.The script of the CWG loot seems similar to the 2G spectrum scam. Besides the principal villains, the PMO and the Union finance ministry’s roles have been suspect in both the scams.The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, described the sequence of events to indict the PMO. On December 6, 2004, the report said, the PMO issued a communication stating that institutional arrangements had been put in place for the conduct of the CWG, catapulting Kalmadi as the OC chairman.According to the CAG, Manmohan Singh’s office direction was considered and passed by the third GoM on January 29, 2005. The audit body said that in September 2003 the central and Delhi governments decided to host the CWG and bear its financial liability – a decision which was critical to the success of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) bid for Delhi to host the CWG.Kalmadi managed to trick the government by converting the OC into a ‘non-government registered society’ in February 2005 so that he could organise the big ticket sporting event in the manner he liked. Prior to that, as per the CAG report, Kalmadi quietly filed an irrelevant and illegal ‘updated bid’ in December 2003 indicating a change in the OC structure.”This updated bid surfaced only in September 2004, 16 months after the IOA made its bid and 10 months after that bid had already been declared successful,” said the CAG report, pointing to Kalmadi’s ploy.The government woke up late and decided to rein in Kalmadi- led OC in August 2010, only two months before the Games were to start. But its actions were “largely in the nature of fire-fighting measures”, the highly critical report said.The report also indicted the ministries of finance and sports for failing to “exercise necessary due diligence and did not adequately examine and scrutinise the revenue projections or raise red flag on the critical issue at the highest levels of government, specially on the quantum jump in revenue projections from Rs 900 cr to Rs 1,780 cr and chose to go along with the OC’s claims of revenue neutrality”. In reality, the total committed revenue was just Rs 682.06 crore out of which the OC could manage only Rs 173.96 cr.The government also disbanded finance sub- committee of the GoM, which was supposed to clear the Games budget and monitor the spending. This contributed to the piecemeal approach towards cost estimation and budget approval. The Centre was clueless about the cost of hosting the biggest-ever sporting event in the country, the report said.PM is the common factor2G scamA. Raja has claimed that the finance ministry, then headed by incumbent home minister P. Chidambaram, as well as PM Manmohan Singh were kept in the loop about the policy decisions, for which he was now being blamedCWG lootadvertisementThe PMO got Suresh Kalmadi appointed as OC chief despite objections. The CAG has blamed the Centre for not setting up a single point of authority and accountability, showing govt failure.
Swarn SinghYoung rower Swarn Singh brought some cheers back to the Indian contingent as he clinched the bronze medal in men’s single sculls final at the 17th Asian Games.Singh needed 1 minute 43.86 seconds in the 500m, took 3 minutes and 30.25 seconds to complete 1000m before the 1500m and 2000m race in 5 minutes 18.36 seconds and 7 minutes 10.65 seconds respectively at Chungju tangeumho on the sixth day of competitions.The 24-year-old Singh finished behind Iran’s Mohsen Shadinaghadh, who won the gold medal and silver medallist Kim Dongyong of hosts South Korea.On Wednesday, another rower Dushyant Singh was the only athlete to manage a podium finish for India as he grabbed a bronze in the men’s lightweight single sculls.Meanwhile in men’s double sculls, the Indian team of Om Prakash and Bhokanal Dattu Baban finished fifth.India’s Amanjot Kaur, Sanjukta Dung Dung, Lakshmi Devi and Navneet Kaur finished second in women’s quadruple sculls final B.